I-25 Dog-Friendly Travel Guide

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This is the story of a dog. A dog with wanderlust. A dog with big dreams to travel the world, starting with Interstate 25—from the plains of Wyoming, the Rockies of Colorado, and the dunes of New Mexico.

This is the story of a traveler. A traveler who wants to give their pup the world. A traveler who wants to journey Interstate 25 with their furry friend but doesn’t know how. This is the story of a traveler who has come to the right place. 

This guide will help you discover all the best dog-friendly hotels and attractions for your special trip across I-25. North to south or south to north, it doesn’t matter. Whether you’re traveling the whole interstate or going from one town to the next—we’ve got you covered. You can follow our suggested itinerary, take what you like, and leave the rest. It’s your vacation, so focus on making memories and leave the hard work to us.

And if you’re looking for more to see, DogFriendly.com has information on thousands more hotels, parks, tourist attractions, and restaurants.

An Overview

I-25 is a north-south highway that runs from northern Wyoming through Colorado and New Mexico, near the US/Mexico border. The total length of the interstate is 1063 miles, which to drive would take about 14 hours without stops. The north end of the highway is in Buffalo, Wyoming, where the road splits off from I-90. The south end is in Las Cruces, New Mexico, where I-25 joins I-10 and continues to El Paso, Texas. The biggest cities along the interstate are Cheyenne, Denver, Colorado Springs, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque. Buckle up, and let’s go!

Wyoming

As the least densely populated state in the continental US, Wyoming makes the perfect serene getaway. This also means that towns along the interstate can be sparse, so planning is a must.

Buffalo

Our journey begins in the sleepy town of Buffalo, Wyoming, where I-25 runs through the center of town. Walk down the historic main street and catch a glimpse of the past. The city park offers space to roam around and view the mountains from a distance. Spending the night? Check into the Z-Bar Cabins & Motel, Hampton Inn & Suites, or Buffalo Inn.

The Bighorn Mountains, a sister range to the Rockies, are just east of Buffalo. Bighorn National Forest encompasses this mountain range and the surrounding wilderness. With over a million acres of protected land, 32 campsites, and countless trails, the Bighorn National Forest is nothing to scoff at. Leashed dogs are welcome in the park.

From Buffalo, it is an hour and a half to Casper. If you must stop in between, the town of Kaycee has gas stations for refueling or the Cassidy Inn for an overnight stay. 

In Casper, you can enjoy some patio dining at Racca’s Pizzeria Napoletana. Casper also has two dog parks, Monrad Park and Dylan’s Park, either of which your pup will love. Dog-friendly hotels include the Residence Inn and Comfort Inn.

Cheyenne

The remaining 200 miles of Interstate 25 in Wyoming loop around the Laramie mountains. The town of Wheatland is halfway between Casper and Cheyenne. Stretch your legs at Lewis Park or spend the night at Heartland Inn & Suites.

Finally, I-25 comes to the city of Cheyenne. Despite its less-than-central location, Cheyenne is the state capital and doubles as Wyoming’s biggest city. Lions Park is the perfect dog-friendly location in town. There’s space to roam around, or you can smell the flowers at Cheyenne Botanic Gardens. For some unleashed fun, there is the Nancy Mockler Dog Park. And if you’re looking to venture off the beaten path, the Curt Gowdy State Park is in the foothills of the Laramie Mountains. Can you reach the hidden falls?

Dog-friendly hotels in Cheyenne include Tru by Hilton, TownePlace Suites, and the GuestHouse Inn & Suites. 

Colorado

Moving on from the sparse plains of Wyoming, the 300 miles of I-25 in Colorado are teeming with life and chock full of dog-friendly experiences—all set against the beautiful backdrop of the Rockies.

Fort Collins

Fort Collins is only 45 minutes south of Cheyenne. The town is home to Colorado State University. Go for a walk around campus, run around at Spring Canyon Dog Park, or catch a flick at the Holiday Twin Drive-In. Horsetooth Mountain to the west offers a view of the whole town. The trails are wide and easy, meaning Fido can come along. 

A Comfort Inn and La Quinta Inn are just off exit 269B. The Remington Flats Hotel is a perfect pick for a hotel close to campus. And, of course, all of these hotels are dog-friendly.

Denver

Another hour south on Interstate 25, and you’ll reach the mile-high city. Denver is Colorado’s largest city and the state capital. I-25 travels through the north suburbs and curves around downtown, putting you close to all the best attractions.

There are free walking tours around Denver, and they’re happy to have your pup join. The wonderful Cheesman Park is just nearby. And Kennedy Dog Park and Sloane’s Lake Dog Park are both near the interstate.

The mountains are not far out of reach either. There are countless peaks for you and your pup to conquer, but your foray into the Rockies does not have to be time-consuming. Lookout Mountain offers up some awe-inspiring vistas and is only 30 minutes from downtown. You can see the skyline of Denver to the east and the snow-capped Rockies to the west. The mountain is also the gravesite of cowboy legend Buffalo Bill.

There are dog-friendly hotels all around Denver. Kimpton Hotel Monaco and Hotel Teatro are both downtown and don’t have pet fees. South of town, the Best Western Plus and Comfort Suites are also great options.

Colorado Springs

After Denver, I-25 meanders for another 70 miles to the town of Colorado Springs. Though not quite the size of Denver, Colorado Springs is also a big city with over 478,000 residents. The go-to spot in town is Garden of the Gods, where leashed dogs can admire the beautiful red rock formations. And just nearby is the Manitou Cliff Dwellings, which date back over 800 years. Bear Creek Dog Park is the town’s largest and most popular dog park. There’s even a creek to play in or cool down. 

Spending the night? My Place Hotel is on the north side of town and highly rated. Other options in Colorado Springs include Kinship Landing and Traveler’s Uptown Motel in the heart of town.

The remaining 135 miles of I-25 in Colorado are relatively quiet. The town of Pueblo is about halfway. A great place to run around or stretch your paws is the dog park in City Park. Microtel Inn & Suites and Holiday Inn Express make great, dog-friendly places to stay. And near the southern Colorado border, the small town of Trinidad is your last place to stop before New Mexico. The City Dog Park is off Main Street, and the La Quinta Inn is happy to welcome furry friends.

New Mexico

The third and final state along Interstate 25 is New Mexico. The 462-mile route through the Land of Enchantment includes the cities of Sante Fe and Albuquerque.

Raton is the first town across the Colorado-New Mexico border. Sugarite Canyon State Park is in town, with opportunities to fish, boat, camp, or hike. In the 20th century, the area served as a coal mining town, but the site today is pristine. The Robin Hood Motel or the Microtel Inn & Suites happily accept four-legged guests.

The next two and half hours to Santa Fe are relatively sparse. In between, the town of Las Vegas (not to be confused with Las Vegas, Nevada) is a good place to refuel or unwind at the Municipal Park. If you’re spending the night, the Historic Plaza Hotel will make you feel like you stepped back into the Wild West.

Santa Fe

Nestled in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Santa Fe is the political and cultural capital of New Mexico. This city is world-renowned for its lively art scene, but what of it is dog-friendly? Nedra Matteucci Sculpture Gardens welcomes canine visitors. Museum Hill is home to most of the city’s museums. Pets are not allowed indoors, but they can still view the museums’ beautiful exteriors or walk around the botanical gardens.

Pets are also welcome on the Historic Walking Tour of Santa Fe and at the New Mexico State Capitol grounds. And for some retail therapy, try the Shops at Sanbusco.

Looking to spend the night in Santa Fe’s historic district? Check out the Hotel Chimayo or Hotel Francis. Other nearby accommodations include the Hampton Inn and the Motel 6. 

Albuquerque

Forget the mile-high city! An hour from Santa Fe, Albuquerque stands at 5318 feet above sea level, making it a smidge taller than Denver and the highest major metropolitan area in the United States. 

If your pup is a history buff, check out Old Town Albuquerque, which dates back to 1706! Once a Spanish outpost and shepherding community, Old Town Albuquerque boasts museums, shops, and restaurants in between all the historical architecture. For adventurous dogs, there’s no better choice than the Sandia Mountains. You’ll find 117 miles of trails and views of Albuquerque. Just make sure to bring water.

The Hotel Chaco in downtown Albuquerque offers that special something. The TownePlace Suites is another great choice. For hotels without a pet fee, check out the La Quinta Inn & Suites on the city’s west side.

Las Cruces

Interstate 25 continues south for 220 miles and ends in Las Cruces. You might consider venturing east of town to the White Sands National Park. These dunes are made of gypsum, which does not absorb heat, so you can run wild and won’t have to worry about any burnt paws. Closer to town, the Soledad Canyon Loop is another great recreation option, complete with a waterfall. And Las Cruces Dog Park is a good spot for Fido to run free.

Las Cruces has a La Quinta Inn & Suites, which does not have a pet fee, a Comfort Inn & Suites, and TownePlace Suites. Or the Hotel Encanto offers Spanish colonial charm you won’t find up North.

Past Las Cruces, I-25 merges with I-10 and heads south toward El Paso, Texas, and the Mexico border.

In Short

Traveling across I-25 can be a long and sometimes isolating journey, but it doesn’t have to be! This is a trip fit for Fido! Whether it’s Wyoming, Colorado, or New Mexico, dog-friendly attractions and accommodations are everywhere. So get into that car and hit the interstate—the memories of a lifetime await!

Tyler Kupcho
Author: Tyler Kupcho

Animal lover, proud husky parent. Writing Intern at DogFriendly.com